I received an old Abu Atlantic from my father in law. It's a pretty cool blank and rod, but the finishing on it is GONE! I will have to replace the cork and with it the reel seat, and I'm missing a guide plus the wraps in general are frail.
It is fitted with the original AETNA type wire guides, but I read somewhere that they cut line, and sure enough I fished with it this weekend and it cut my line.
I want to subsequently replace all the guides while I'm at it. Is there a guide that has more modern qualities to it but with a more vintage look, or one that will suit a vintage type rod? I don't think it's worth trying to restore the rod to it's original specs (let me know if you think I'm wrong), but I also don't want it to look like I sent it to the local pimp shop either.
Attached is a pic. Not mine. For those who are more visual and need to see a pic before they can think (like me).